The road for oak barrels used in Barrel Road wines is a long one with many stops, each adding to the barrels’ unique story. The journey starts in Indiana with our partners at Backbone Bourbon, where new American oak barrels age small batches of Backbone’s premium bourbon whiskey. From here, the barrels make the ultimate road trip to our California cellar, traversing Midwest back roads and highway 70 through the Rockies, crossing the salt flats in Utah and rounding Lake Tahoe.
Oak barrels wind their way through history and across the wine and spirits industry. Scotch distillers experimented with Sherry and Port barrels for aging single-malt Scotch; craft beer brewers have used wine barrels for sours. In the production of bourbon, only new American oak barrels may be used, providing the opportunity for aging other craft beverages – like this wine.